President Joe Biden may have struggled mightily to enjoy his Thanksgiving weekend on Nantucket as he took heat from both reporters and far-left agitators during his trip.
The president, who makes the annual pilgrimage with family, was dogged by accusations of genocide as he and First Lady Jill Biden watched the small island town light its Christmas tree. A video clip of the incident shows Biden applauding the lighting ceremony before jeers begin to rain down.
“Biden, Biden, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide!” yelled about a dozen protestors according to The Daily Mail. In addition, signs proclaiming “Free Palestine” and “End Apartheid” were hoisted directly in the president’s line of sight. The spectacle was then drowned out by Christmas carols and a children’s choir surrounding the president for handshakes and photographs.
Despite largely standing behind Israel, President Biden was supportive of the Jewish nation’s recent decision to exchange Palestinian terrorists for hostages being held by Hamas. He has pushed back against far-left Democratic Party members including Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who have echoed the protestors’ condemnations of genocide, saying diplomacy is the only surefire way to reduce civilian casualties in the ongoing war.
“I have encouraged the prime minister to focus on trying to reduce the number of casualties while he is attempting to eliminate Hamas, which is a legitimate objective he has. That’s a difficult task and I don’t know how long it will take,” Biden said.
“My expectation and hope is that as we move forward, the rest of the Arab world and the region is also putting pressure on all sides to slow this down, to bring this to an end as quickly as we can,” he added.
Still, a rise in antisemitism across the country has dovetailed with a majority of Democrats now expressing more support for Palestinians than Israelis. The development puts President Biden on the wrong side of voters he must rely on to win reelection, including young people who now support former President Donald Trump in equal measure, a once-unthinkable development for a Democratic incumbent.